The milky, dense sweet known as barfi, burfi or burfee is an Indian specialty, and it’s fantastic. Sweet but not cloying and flavored with anything from chocolate to cardamom. These are some of the most popular sweets in the Indian subcontinent, and you can see why — you can’t get enough of them!
Today we’re making a coconut barfi, and it’s 100% sugar-free. You know what that means; you can enjoy these guilt-free! And you will, trust me. Let me tell you all about these crumbly delights. You’ll absolutely love them!
What Goes into A Keto Coconut Barfi?
For this keto recipe, you’ll need shaved or desiccated coconut. It will hold the barfi together and give a tropical flavor to the sweets. The coconut comes together with heavy cream, your favorite sweetener (I use erythritol) and cardamom powder. It’s amazing how few ingredients become such a sophisticated treat!
I gave color to my barfi with a few drops of food colorant, and you can too. Being able to give color to barfi’s means you can match them with the décor for a party, baby shower or birthday.
As it is customary, you can top the barfi with crushed pistachios and blanched almonds. They’ll add a delicious nutty crunch to every bite.
When to Make Keto Barfi?
Here’s the deal. Barfi’s are festive. They’re present in every celebration in India, and it’s not only for the two-bite-sized treats’ bright color but for their freshness and sweetness.
There’s no one barfi but many, so use this recipe as a base for exciting variations. You can use peanuts, rose water, dried fruit and even carrots to give these sweets a unique personality.
This means that barfi is versatile and a great ace to have up your sleeve. You can serve these for any get-together, dinner or all-out party. And since they keep very well in the fridge, you can make them the day before. That’s convenient, isn’t it?
Make Barfi A Tradition!
The coolest thing about making barfi part of your life is that they sort of become a signature; you can make a new tradition out of these — I’m sure your friends and family will appreciate it.
Fear not. Become the barfi guy or lady and see yourself having more friends than ever! Seriously, making barfi is a lovely tradition, and it’s fun and easy too. Did I mention these are ready in a few minutes?
And although there are several types of barfis, and some are a bit more complicated than others, they all rely on simplicity — that’s why they’re glorious: they’re beautifully sweet but always straightforward.
Keto Barfi Will Satisfy Your Every Craving
If you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to break your diet, these barfis are for you. If you like coconut’s vibrant flavor, these are for you as well! And if you want a treat evocative of India’s rich traditions, these won’t disappoint.
Enjoy these treats and make them often, they’re perfect for any celebration, and in a way, they’re a celebration themselves!
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup erythritol
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- 2 drops rose pink food color
- pistachio nuts and blanched almonds for topping
- Place a pan over low to medium heat, add desiccated coconut, cook for a minute or two, don't let the coconut get brown.
- Add heavy cream, stir until well combined, add erythritol and stir again.
- turn off the heat, add food color and stir.
- use a measuring cup to shape the barfi or just transfer into greased container lined with parchment paper, sprinkle crushed pistachios and refrigerate for an hour before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g